Only a Russian Billionaire Could Come Up With This Hospital Design

By Chris Mills on at

Vasily Klyukin is the Monaco-based Russian co-owner of Sovcombank, a Russian commercial bank. He is also, if these sketches of his latest architecture project are anything to go by, a little insane.

The White Sails hospital concept is a design for a hospital and spa, to be built in the budding Tunisia Economic City. The idea is to make a building that's more friendly and welcoming than traditional hospitals. But honestly, I'm not sure that a four-skyscraper design, situated on its own little island, is the most practical solution for a hospital.

The idea was apparently born from Klyukin's own personal experience of going to hospitals to be checked for his upcoming ride on Virgin Galactic:

"I will fly into Space next year. My health condition has to be checked every six months. That is why I know this feeling very well,- every time I'm approaching the white building of the clinic, I don't feel any joy. But I would like to show you the hospital, where there is no room for fear. And so that my son could ask about this hospital: "Daddy, when will we visit the ship again?""

In either case, apart from concept sketches on Klyukin's website, there's no other details about when, where, and for how much this project would go ahead, so no need to dig your sailor costume out of retirement just yet. [Vasily Klyukin via Gizmag]